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Tue, 01.18.1910

Marion Turner Stubbs, Civic Organizer born

Marion Stubbs Thomas

*Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas, born on this date in 1910.  She was a Black socialite and civic organizer. 

From Philadelphia, PA., Marion Turner, she was the daughter of Dr. John Patrick Turner and Mrs. Marion Turner.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1930, attended the Sorbonne, and then received a music degree from Zeckwer Hahn Conservatory of Music.  She married Dr. Frederick Douglass Stubbs on June 7, 1934.

Together they had two daughters, Marion Patricia and Frederica Turner. She was a well-regarded concert pianist in the area, and also taught piano in Bordentown, NJ, both publicly and privately.   In 1938, she was a founding member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, which was founded in Philadelphia.  After Dr. Stubbs passed away, she married Dr. Alfred Thomas of Detroit, with whom she had one daughter, Linda Thomas.

In her later years, she worked as an equal employment opportunity counselor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas passed away after a stroke in March 1994 in Columbia, MD. 


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